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Reporters sentenced to three years in prison

Published:Saturday | August 29, 2015 | 11:24 AM
Marwa Fahmy (left), wife of Canadian Al-Jazeera journalist Mohammed Fahmy, talks to policemen following the verdict in a courtroom in Egypt, yesterday.


CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court yesterday sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the latest twist in a long-running trial criticised worldwide by diplomats, press freedom advocates and human rights organisations.

The case against Canadian Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed embroiled their journalism into the wider conflict between Egypt and Qatar following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

It wasn't immediately clear how the sentence would affect the three men, but they are seeking a pardon from President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has personally spoken out against the case. Al Jazeera said it will also appeal the verdict, once the court releases its full ruling in the next 30 days.